I have quite a few of these 19thc cotton tablecloths & table mats with lace and drawn thread work and was planning to hang a couple of small ones on the shower room doors to preserve the modesty of the occupants. Remember this room opens into the two bedrooms on the second floor?
In fact he put on his best, scowly, closed, stubborn face, and I was sorely tempted to readjust said face with the hammer in my back pocket but refrained because I don’t want to stain the limewaxed floor-left & please note, door is straight, it is walls that are not!- Anyway, grumpy men with limited vision aside, I soon realised that the fabric on the cloth above was too opaque to let much light through, also too elaborate and decoratively dramatic (overkill alert!) for our house so I went on a three year hunt for some antique or vintage panels with a lighter weave. I found some in France but the old ones were fragile and damaged & the authentic looking new versions were silly prices.
Most modern reproductions are nasty polyester but I have just found these half price at www.laredoute.co.uk and they are perfect for purpose, very fine cotton lawn with embroidery and cut work details, insert cotton lace and pin tucks.
Made in India but classically French in style
I am impressed with the deep double stitched borders and little tab holding the removable tassles, Really beautifully made and exactly what a good repro piece should be.
Just in case you are wondering why I am so obsessed with retaining the light we have introduced to the interiors at the French village house, I provide –below right-the pre-velux, pre-doorway, pre-decor “before photo” of the –top left– view up the terrace room above.